accessAtlanta

City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Archive for October, 2012

Night of Hope Gala to benefit Lupus Foundation pairs teen philanthropist and “real” real housewife

Natalie Bates and Lovette Russell: Partners in Philanthropy

Natalie Bates and Lovette Russell: Partners in Philanthropy

Anyone who’s spent five minutes on Atlanta’s charity scene knows the elegant, accomplished Lovette Russell.

The Spelman College alumna and trustee is chair of the Hughes Spalding Community Board, a member of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Zoo Atlanta and Sheltering Arms boards and has helmed some of the city’s most prestigious black-tie galas. (Remember the viral Huffington Post essay criticizing Atlanta reality stars? The writer suggested that Russell, not the bickering drama queens made famous by certain television networks, embodies the style and grace of a real “real housewife.”)

On Nov. 10, Russell receives the Mary Cann Achievement Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service at Night of Hope Gala, benefiting the Georgia chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America.

Tickets are $200 and are available at this web site; call 770-333-5930 or email trozier@lfaga.org for information.

Russell is preparing for the …

Continue reading Night of Hope Gala to benefit Lupus Foundation pairs teen philanthropist and “real” real housewife »

Junior League Mistletoe Market now through Saturday!

550825_10151023197525194_208739745_n

Thanks all who entered for free tickets; we have selected the winner by random drawing.

The Junior League Mistletoe Market runs through Saturday at the Cobb Civic Center , following a special VIP preview night tonight. Daytime hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Full details here.

The Mistletoe Market is the Junior League of Cobb Marietta’s signature fundraising event, enabling the league to contribute to many area charitable causes. After a minor crime spree in which vandals swiped the league’s cute “shopper girl” display that was part of Marietta’s Scarecrows on the Square exhibit, she was returned, a little rough around the edges. League members sent her to the spa over the weekend so she would be ready to welcome shoppers this week!

If you have any questions about Mistletoe Market or the JLCM see this website or call 770-422-5266.

Happy shopping!

Continue reading Junior League Mistletoe Market now through Saturday! »

“Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson checks out Atlanta haunted house

Josh Hutcherson made some scary new friends over the weekend.

Josh Hutcherson made some scary new friends over the weekend.

Josh Hutcherson, in Atlanta now to film the “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire,” celebrated Halloween early at Atlanta’s Netherworld haunted house.

(Speaking of Netherworld, check out this awesome video of makeup artist Roy Wooley of SyFy “Face-Off” fame turning a beauty queen into a gargoyle. So cool).

Hutcherson, who plays the brave Peeta in the “Hunger Games” series, stopped by Netherworld on Saturday night with a number of “Catching Fire” crew members.

Reports our tipster:

“He was exceptionally nice, greeted Netherworld’s co-owner Billy Messina with a smile and a handshake and thanked them for taking good care of his group.”

Hutcherson & Co. were escorted in quickly so they would not detract from the ghouls and goblins.

Afterward we’re told Hutcherson and his buds were cheering and that he declared Netherworld to be the best haunted house ever.

“Catching Fire” has been filming at a number of Atlanta …

Continue reading “Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson checks out Atlanta haunted house »

Survivor model cherishes Pink Ribbons experience

Claire Jackson and her daughter, Laura. Photo credit: Kristen Alexander

Claire Jackson and her daughter, Laura. Photo credit: Kristen Alexander

The pinktacular month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, kicked off as always with the Pink Ribbons luncheon and Belk fashion show, featuring the works of designer Karen Kane.

Nearly 600 people attended the venerable annual event, which was chaired by Cassy McCaffrey with co-chair Audra Dial and honorary chair Kaedy Kiely and held in the newly refurbished Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead ballroom. As always the crowd hooted when the male models (brave souls, they are) strutted their stuff.

Also as always, there was scarcely a dry eye when survivor models including Susan Haidet, Robin Kreitner, Ann Lewis, Shondia McFadden-Sabari, Sue Saban, Freida Spencer, Carla Sweetwood, Angela Thomas and Sheila Wynne, strolled down the runway during the tribute segment of the event.

The always-moving event was especially touching to Claire Jackson.

“I was diagnosed for the first time in 1999,” she said. “I just wanted to …

Continue reading Survivor model cherishes Pink Ribbons experience »

Interview: Tyler Perry discusses his new movie “Alex Cross”

270631_176163489174845_1705304402_nTyler Perry gets a workout in his new movie “Alex Cross.” Both physically and emotionally.

The detective thriller, based on the protagonist of many of prolific author James Patterson’s novels, involves rigorous chase and fight scenes. But for Perry, who works out every day, those weren’t too taxing.

The scenes in which Detective Cross faces intense rage and personal tragedy, though, were more grueling for Perry.

“Unfortunately for me I had a reference in losing my mother. That was the quickest thing to tap into,” Perry told us during a phone interview to discuss the new movie, which also stars Rachel Nichols, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns and a perfectly cast Cicely Tyson and comes out Oct. 19. “It was still very raw at the time.”

Perry’s beloved mother, Willie Maxine Perry, died in 2009. The scenes in which his real-life grief informed his character’s on-screen anguish were enervating.

“I really was worn out. Drained,” Perry said. “It did feel like a catharsis.”

To prepare for …

Continue reading Interview: Tyler Perry discusses his new movie “Alex Cross” »

Jane Fonda, Ted Turner together again at G-CAPP fundraiser

 Jane Fonda presents her favorite ex-husband Ted Turner with the Big Thinker Award at last week's G-CAPP fundraiser. The amicably divorced couple is shown here with G-CAPP President and CEO Vikki Millender-Morrow. Photo credit: Kim Link

Jane Fonda presents her favorite ex-husband Ted Turner with the Big Thinker Award at last week's G-CAPP fundraiser. The amicably divorced couple is shown here with G-CAPP President and CEO Vikki Millender-Morrow. Photo credit: Kim Link

Jane Fonda and Ted Turner, who have to be the world’s most amicably divorced couple, took the stage together at the Georgia Aquarium last week at the Em-Power Party to benefit G-CAPP, a cause they both champion.

“It was Ted who inspired me to start this organization and make it possible to continue,” said Fonda of the guy she calls her “favorite ex-husband.” “I love you. I respect you. I admire you.”

She became emotional when saluting Turner’s children, saying,”God bless you. I am so grateful. I may live in California now but you are my family.”

Fonda’s sharp wit quickly returned when she presented Turner with the “Big Thinker Award,” which was a miniature replication of Rodin’s famous sculpture.

“I’ve never seen Ted in this position except on …

Continue reading Jane Fonda, Ted Turner together again at G-CAPP fundraiser »

Interview: Jeff Foxworthy on charity, comedy and Honey Boo Boo

1_61_foxworthy_jeffJeff Foxworthy. Honey Boo Boo. If they haven’t already traced their family trees and figured out they’re cousins somehow, it’s just a matter of time, right?

But the comedian famous for his “You might be a redneck…” routines hasn’t yet had time to redneckonize.

“I’ve been so  busy,” he told us during a phone interview the other day. One of our first questions, naturally, was about Alana Thompson, the 7-year-old star of TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” He understands its appeal even if he hasn’t had a chance to tune in.

“I used to tell people, you need to go to the fair every year,” Foxworthy said. “You think your family’s crazy. You leave there and go, we’re ok!”

Foxworthy appeared Saturday night at the fourth annual Hearts and Hands Gala, benefiting the the Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses, where families of children undergoing medical treatment at Atlanta hospitals can stay. The charity’s next fundraiser is Brookhaven Dines In, a series of dinners in private homes coming up …

Continue reading Interview: Jeff Foxworthy on charity, comedy and Honey Boo Boo »

Interview: Discussing “Nowhere but Up,” with Justin Bieber’s mom Pattie Mallette

pattiemallettenowherebutupAt 18, Justin Bieber is the age that his mother was when he was born.

“I didn’t expect this life for him,” the pop star’s mom, Pattie Mallette, told us during an interview at the downtown Atlanta Ritz-Carlton last week. “I think he’s made a lot of great decisions.”

Mallette signed copies of her powerful new memoir, “Nowhere but Up,” on Saturday at the Alpharetta Barnes and Noble. We have done a random drawing to select the winner of a signed copy of the book. Thanks to all who entered!

In the book Mallette shares painful secrets from her past. Her father abandoned the family. She was sexually abused by a number of perpetrators she identifies as people close to her circle of family and friends. Her sister died in a tragic accident before Mallette was born, casting a pall over her home.

“It took a lot for me to get to the place I’m at now,” Mallette said. “It’s been a long road.”

The longing she felt for her absent father and the psychological damage wrought by her abusers left …

Continue reading Interview: Discussing “Nowhere but Up,” with Justin Bieber’s mom Pattie Mallette »

Unclutch the pearls! Junior League heist ends happily

Some Grinch stole the Junior League's "shopping scarecrow" a week before the annual Mistletoe Market holiday shopping event!

Some Grinch stole the Junior League's "shopping scarecrow" a week before the annual Mistletoe Market holiday shopping event!

UPDATE!!!!

Members of the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta were able to leave their fainting couches Thursday when a dastardly crime story ended happily.

A week before its annual Mistletoe Market, a holiday shopping event that helps the League raise money for area charities, someone swiped the League’s “shopping scarecrow” that had been part of Marietta’s Scarecrows on the Square exhibit. But hours after the AJC posted a blog about the outrage, the culprit returned the hostage. “She’s a little beat up,” said Junior League of Cobb-Marietta president Allison Carter.

The Mistletoe Market will be Thursday through Saturday next week at the Cobb County Civic Center, with a preview party Wednesday night. (For tickets and details see http://www.jlcm.org/mistletoemarket or call 770-422-5266).

League members are hoping the shopper scarecrow, now missing her stand …

Continue reading Unclutch the pearls! Junior League heist ends happily »

Giveaway! Free Taste of Atlanta tickets

mastTopMonolithic

UPDATE: I’m going to notify the winner this morning. Thanks all who entered. By the way some comments did end up in the spam filter for some reason (no clue why) but I retrieved all comments before drawing.

Free Taste of Atlanta Tickets! Free Taste of Atlanta Tickets! Hey, who wants free Taste of Atlanta tickets?

You’re in luck.

Look what we have here in our hot little oven mitts, fresh out of the oven: a pair of general admission tickets good for this Sunday. Each ticket grants you admission plus 10 tasting tickets. That’s a lot of free food, friends.

To enter simply leave a comment below this blog. We’ll select a winner at random and will contact you via the email address you use when you post your comment.

Taste of Atlanta will be held Friday through Sunday in Tech Square in Midtown. Here’s a rundown of events courtesy of Team T of A:

· Barcraft Competition – Sample cocktails from Atlanta’s best bartenders as they compete for the top spot. Open to VIP ticket holders …

Continue reading Giveaway! Free Taste of Atlanta tickets »